HRD Ministry decides against conducting NEET online, twice a year

NEW DELHI: The Union HRD Ministry has dropped its ambitious plan to conduct the NEET medical and dental entrance exam twice a year and in online mode only following Health Ministry’s recommendations, a senior official said today.

Last month, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced that the newly-formed National Testing Agency (NTA) would conduct the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, along with the Joint Entrance Examination-Main for admission to engineering colleges, twice a year.

He had also announced that all exams conducted by NTA would be computer-based.

The Health Ministry then wrote to the HRD Ministry, raising concerns about conducting NEET twice a year as the examination calendar may put additional pressure on students.

It had also voiced concern about students living in rural areas, who may suffer if the exam is conducted in online mode only. (AGENCIES)